Plants make up 80% of the food we eat and produce 98% of the oxygen we breathe.
The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health.
Plants are the source of the air we breathe and most of the food we eat, yet we often do not pay
enough attention to keeping them healthy. This can have devastating results. Up to 40 percent of food crops are lost to plant pests and diseases annually. This leaves millions of people without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture the primary source of income for rural poor communities.
Plant health is increasingly under threat. Climate change and human activities have altered ecosystems, reducing biodiversity and creating new niches where pests can thrive. At the same time, international travel and…